Best of the best

Marana is filled with people who go out of their way to make this a great community. Volunteerism and caring about neighbors are a way of life here. Last night during the Marana Rotary Awards Dinner, the Town and Rotary Club honored several deserving Marana folks.

The Town handed out three awards: Branding Iron for individual (Lynette Christian) and organization (David Mehl and Cottonwood Properties) and Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy for individual (Dan Post).

Branding Iron winners

Left side of frame: Lynette Christian. Right: David Mehl.

Christian has lived in and served the community for 20 years as an educator, school counselor and advocate. Whene she worked at Marana Unified School District, she coordinated with the Marana Health Center to provide parenting classes and now works with MHC Healthcenter’s Behavioral Health Youth Program. She spends long hours at work taking time to hear each story and completes endless paperwork, always with a smile.

Mehl’s Cottonwood Properties developed Dove Mountain, which has more than 3,000 homes and a Ritz-Carlton resort. The project’s economic impact is almost immeasurable.

Post has served on the Marana Unified School District Board for 32 years and was instrumental in raising money for the district’s Power Pack program, which provides children of low-income families at Estes and Roadrunner Elementary with a bag of nutritious food to help supplement them through the weekend.

The individual Branding Iron Award is given to a person who has made a lasting impact, provided outstanding service and/or shown a commitment to improving the lives of others. The organization honor goes to a nominee that has strengthened the health and safety of Marana through partnerships, innovation, perseverance and/or contributes to the social and economic diversity of the community.

The Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy Award recognizes individuals or businesses that promote the “Matriarch of Marana’s” commitment to the ideals of the Town and enhance its image through exemplary volunteer service. Harn served on Town Council from 1985-2001 and was mayor on two occasions. She helped start and was later director of the MaranaHealthCenter. She was instrumental in the formation of the Marana Community Food Bank and was one of the founding members of the Marana Rotary Club. She also founded and served as the first president of the Marana Heritage Conservancy.

The Marana Rotary Club also honored a Man of the Year Ed Honea and Woman of the Year Linda Hampton. All in all, it was another great night to be a Maranan.

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